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Supporters Team donates $60,000 to Cowboys

The North Queensland Cowboys development and academy programs have received a $60,000 cash injection thanks to hundreds of hours of volunteer work from the Cowboys Supporters Team.
Supporters Team donates $60,000 to Cowboys
by NRL

The North Queensland Cowboys development and academy programs have received a $60,000 cash injection thanks to hundreds of hours of volunteer work from the Cowboys Supporters Team.

The loyal group of ardent Cowboys supporters, who raised the funds over the past 12 months, handed over the cheque to North Queensland co-captain Matthew Scott, player development manager Dean Payne and game development manager Ryan Mahoney at the Cowboys Leagues Club today.

The donation takes the Supporters Team's fundraising total to $330,000 over the last six years.

The Supporters Team's continued dedication to the Cowboys has included running the doubles at each NRL home game at Dairy Farmers Stadium and the popular Supporters Thursday evenings at the Cowboys Leagues Club during the NRL season.

Each Thursday, two members of the Cowboys squad visit the Leagues Club to mingle with supporters, giving the club's members and fans the chance for an informal chat with the players, as well as grab a photo and an autograph.

The Supporters Team also runs raffles that will assist with the development of the next generation of Cowboys.

Scott thanked the Supporters Team for their donation, saying his teammates were in awe of the hard work the volunteers do for the club.

"The Supporters Team is a very important part of the Cowboys," he said.

"You see their bright yellow shirts every game day and at the Leagues Club and they always seem to have people helping out at the club's functions such as the Members Day.

"The money they raise is vital for our club and for grassroots rugby league in North Queensland.

"I know that having North Queensland juniors play for the Cowboys is one of this club's primary goals and the money our Supporters Team raises helps us to achieve that.

"We now have more NQ juniors than ever as part of our Toyota Cup squad and our academy and scholarship programs."

Cowboys players James Segeyaro, Ray Thompson and Michael Morgan are prime examples of young North Queensland talent who have made it to the NRL for their home club.

Supporters Team secretary Peter Woodman said seeing NQ juniors make it into the big time made all their work worthwhile.

"We're a group of volunteers whose main aim, as well as comradeship, is to raise funds for the academy program at the Cowboys," Supporters Team secretary Peter Woodman said.

"We know the NRL players have to start somewhere and we're happy to play our role in having them achieve their dreams.

"We get to meet the young players in their very early days and it gives you a thrill to see them come all the way through to NRL level."




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